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Through the Wastes by Aederith Through the Wastes by Aederith
The valketh cringed as the sharp wind buffeted his body again. He swept his cloak back over his shoulder after the gale had ceased its attempt to displace it and expose his fur to the biting cold. Peering through the wrappings covering his face, he saw in the distance the great blue silhouette of Schiehallion—jagged crown of the Scar, standing tall and presiding over the wastelands below. Even at such a distance, the great mountain gleamed, shining as a beacon among the glass sands.

The land all around Eilean was rife with Thoradite--the substance had infused itself with the very continent after the war of ages past that reduced it to its now shattered state. Its telltale blue hue was not to be overlooked, even if it presented itself in only these subtle ways.


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2013 re-upload. Another one I forgot to put back on this account from before. This is a valketh character of mine, a mute called Eilean who lives in the wastelands of Theia, a cruel and desolate part of his world.

I was clearly still derping on how to depict cloth and fabric in motion back when I first drew this, but it was a landmark for me at the time and I still look back on it and like what I achieved with it, hence putting it back up here. :]
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Jellandha Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ooh nice to see this one again. The soft pastel palette and washed out blue hues give the scene a barren, aethereal feel, enhanced by the blurring of the background elements and blending of sky, sun and sand. There's something eerie and beautiful about the sand in the delicate textures and shading and the little outcrops of crystal break up the monotony of endless dunes quite nicely. Eilean is well positioned in the image, balancing the scene and giving the impression of movement and distance with the footprints and swirling cloth. The clothing is unique and interesting, wrapped and draped to enhance the character's mystery, and the masked face, with one glaring, determined eye, speaks of Eilean's stoicism and perhaps the taxing journey he/she is undertaking.
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Aederith Featured By Owner Sep 6, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you so much! :la: I really appreciate the in-depth comment and thoughtful observations, they help me appreciate this old work a lot more for having merits I've forgotten to see with time. I need to work more with Eilean sometime, since he was something of a one-off character but I'm still quite interested in the concept I had behind him. Plus it certainly wouldn't hurt to draw him again and try and establish a distinct design some more.
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SteinWill Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oh great design and atmosphere on this scene!
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you very much!
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xelanesque Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014
Simply beautiful :)
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :]
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BurgerForLunsh Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Very cool! I like the muted colors :)
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Thank you! :]
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Telnavi1 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2014  Student Writer
I still love this pick!
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Aederith Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2014   Digital Artist
Glad you do! :]
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